RTI Soups Up .NET

RTI's messaging middleware boosts .NET performance for financial services applications.

Real-Time Innovations has introduced a new ultralow-latency messaging solution for .NET applications that improves the performance of .NET in financial services applications.

At the SIFMA (Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association) Technology Management Conference & Exhibit, which runs June 10 to 12 in New York, RTI announced that it has added support for the Microsoft .NET Framework to its ultralow-latency messaging middleware.

RTI provides high-performance infrastructure solutions for the development, deployment and integration of real-time, data-driven applications, the company said. In addition, RTI's messaging, caching, CEP (Complex Event Processing) and visualization capabilities deliver dramatic improvements in latency, throughput and scalability, RTI officials said.

Moreover, RTI officials said the company's middleware can provide performance-sensitive .NET applications with improvements in latency and throughput of an order of magnitude or more compared to other enterprise messaging and ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) solutions. RTI provides an off-the-shelf, standards-compliant alternative to the development of custom messaging middleware.

Indeed, according to the company, using RTI middleware and standard Gigabit Ethernet networks, distributed .NET applications can achieve an interapplication messaging latency of less than 100 microseconds, while most traditional .NET messaging solutions have latencies closer to a millisecond. And each application thread can send or receive up to 1 million messages per second, versus between 1,000 and 10,000 messages per second with typical solutions.

Also, because RTI uses peer-to-peer communication with no intermediate message brokers, servers or daemon processes that create choke points, aggregate systemwide throughput is limited only by the network switching fabric, the company said.

RTI support for Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 is currently being beta tested and will be generally available in September 2008.

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RTI enables .NET applications to interoperate with those running outside the .NET Framework so that .NET applications written in the C# and C++/CLI programming languages can seamlessly communicate with C, C++, Java and Ada applications running natively on Windows, Linux, Unix and embedded RTOS (real-time operating systems), the company said.

"RTI allows developers of distributed applications to take advantage of the .NET Framework while still meeting stringent latency and throughput requirements," said David Barnett, vice president of marketing at RTI.

As an example of how the RTI solution would work, RTI officials said trading-desk software typically runs on Microsoft Windows workstations while market data servers and latency-critical automated trading applications are usually hosted on Linux or Unix systems. RTI provides the performance and interoperability necessary for companies to deploy a single messaging infrastructure for trading desks, market data distribution and high-frequency trading.

In addition, RTI said devices such as sensors, actuators and PLCs (programmable logic controllers) are often monitored and controlled by Microsoft Windows applications. RTI provides interoperability between these RTOS-based devices and .NET while satisfying the demanding real-time performance requirements of application environments such as command-and-control systems, simulators and medical imaging equipment.

RTI's .NET API is based on the Object Management Group DDS (Data Distribution Service) for Real-Time Systems standard.